The purpose of this excursion is to examine the geology of Blackford Hill, composed of Devonian andesite lavas and agglomerate, and Hermitage of Braid. We will also view various geomorphological features related to glacial activity including ‘Agassiz Rock’.

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Excursion title:

Blackford Hill

Date & time:

27th May, 7pm

Finish time:



Richard Smith EGS

Excursion aims and description:

Examine the Geology of Blackford Hill and Hermitage of Braid


Private car or public transport

Meeting point:

Entrance on Charterhall Road to Blackford Pond.

First locality:

Blackford Pond, east end NT 255 709

Excursion route:

As in the Blackford LAB Geoconservation leaflet to the Hermitage of Braid & up Blackford Hill and back down to the pond.

Terrain, walking distance, height gain:

Generally on paths but some rough rocky and muddy patches; distance up to 3 km and 100 m height gain

Specific or Medium- / High-Risk Hazards:

Tripping and falling on uneven ground.

Control measures required to mitigate against any Hazards referred to above:

Strong boots needed with good grip and protective clothing for all weathers.

Hard hats or Hi-viz clothing needed:


May dogs be brought on the excursion?

Yes (lots of dog walkers on route).

Toilet information:

None available in the evening.

Geological map sheet:

Edinburgh 32E

OS map sheet:

Landranger 66


LAB Geoconservation leaflet.